Friday, August 11, 2023

Five of the best suburban thrillers

Kia Abdullah is a bestselling author and travel writer. Her novels include Take It Back, a Guardian and Telegraph thriller of the year, Truth Be Told, which was shortlisted for a Diverse Book Award, and Next of Kin which was longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award and won the Adult Fiction Diverse Book Award 2022.

Her new novel, Those People Next Door [US title: Perfectly Nice Neighbors], is out now.

At the Waterstones blog Abdullah tagged five favorite suburban thrillers, including:
The Family Across the Street by Nicole Trope

Josh and Katherine West are a perfect fit for Hogarth Street, the pretty tree-lined avenue where everyone wants to live. Their five-year-old twins are perfectly charming and their lawn is clean and neat. But soon the neighbours start to wonder: why don’t the Wests come to any backyard barbecues? Why do they brush off generous offers to babysit? And why, when you knock on their door, do they shut you out instead of inviting you in? Set in Sydney, Australia, on one of the hottest days of the year, The Family Across the Street takes the febrile atmosphere of a neighbourhood on edge and ratchets up the temperature.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue